PUENTE PROJECT

SHOWCASE OF ARTISTS FROM ENTRE RÍOS

This project collects the work of six artists from Entre Ríos, Argentina from different generations: Mildred Burton, Carlos Asiain, Federico Lanzi, Julia Carolina Acosta, and Lucas Ariel Mercado. Some of them studied and worked together, others had never met. Their art varies in formats, ideas, references, and materiality. What they have in common is their context.

Burton and Asiain belong to a generation that is further in time. They are artists who paved the way and are still references for current generations. Acosta, Mercado, and Lanzi studied and worked together in the city of Paraná. At the beginning of 2002, they created the Parientes group along with other artists. As that collective, they carried out activities, performances, work clinics, seminars, workshops, and shows that generated dialogue, exhibition, and exchange of thoughts between artists from different regions of the country.

The vortex of activities that were produced nearly in secret was only unveiled for the eyes of attentive spectators from the artistic scene of the city. The work of these artists kept growing and they were established as references for newer generations.

This showcase is presented as a dialogue between visual artists that shattered the frameworks and formats of their time. It is an exhibit that, while it doesn’t pretend to encompass the reality of the contemporary production of Entre Ríos, offers an intergenerational journey from the perspective of six artists, intending to offer them to the world.


OBJECTIVES
-Create a historical junction between works by artists from Entre Ríos of great renown in the cultural and contemporary field
-Promote, nationally and internationally, the work of accomplished artists from Entre Ríos
-Advance the career of artists from Entre Ríos around the world
-Generate new links and channels of communication between artists from Entre Ríos and other actors nationally and internationally
-Provide inspirational stimuli to local artists and the general public


SPACES
The exhibition is projected on a journey that contemplates two cities.
The first show is intended to happen at a prestigious cultural center of Buenos Aires, between the months of June and August 2021.

The final show will take place at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, between the months of September and October 2021.
The gallery was founded in 2003 by Alfredo Guzmán and Isaac Perelman. Their aim is set on contemporary Latinamerican art, exclusively exhibiting works by emerging artists and with great trajectory, whose works foster dynamic ideas and discourse.
Mr. Perelman, ex-president of the Miami Art Dealers Association, and Mr. Guzman, ex-president of the Board of the Wynwood Arts District Association, have reinforced their participation in the development of art in the city. Dot Fiftyone boasts a solid base of collectors in Miami, New York, Houston, Los Angeles, and Latin America.


ACTIVITIES
The exhibition, which will take place at Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, contemplates the production of a workshop by visual artist, Julia Acosta, related to her work, and by Bac. Valentina Bolcatto about the contemporary art of Entre Ríos.
These activities intend to enhance the exhibitions and disseminate the project internationally.


WORKS

Artist: Mildred Burton
Collection: Mario Brodershon
Located in: Buenos Aires
Technique: painting, acrylic on canvas

Artist biography:
She was born on December 28th, 1942. She was a painter, engraver, illustrator, and musician. She studied at the Fine Arts Provincial School of Entre Ríos, and then moved to Buenos Aires to specialize at the Ernesto de la Crácova Fine Arts Superior School. In her every production, she manifested great inventiveness and perfection of her craft, and at the same time, a critical attitude towards reality. She had the following exhibitions: El último Zelofonte; Periferias; Holocausto visto desde el cielo; Proyectos; Proyectoides Diagnosticados y otras yerbas; El paisaje; Arte Erótico; Los Maestros; Femenino Plural; 100 años de pintura; Animarte; Exposición y remate para reconstrucción de la AMIA, among others.
She also carried out objects and installations that were always characterized by the encounter of disparate elements. Burton was awarded in her country and abroad. Her last work was the Press Room of Expotrastiendas in 2007. She passed away in 2008.


Artist: Carlos Asiain
Collection: Different collections
Located in: Entre Ríos
Technique: illustration and painting on paper

Artist biography:
He was born in Concordia, Entre Ríos, in 1939.
From 1961 on, he had solo and collective exhibitions inside and outside of the provincial and national scenes. His lively spirit and expressive necessity led him to explore other disciplines like theater scenery and costumes; ceramics; painted furniture; fashion design; poetry and illustrated poetry; murals; traditional handicrafts, among others. In the area of theater costumes, he received in 1967 the Gold Medal of the Necochea children shows festival for the work “Entre Pitos y Flautas”.
Asiain created and directed the Provincial Crafts Museum and Market of Entre Ríos. For over 30 years, in his capacity as a director, he taught courses, gave speeches and conferences, and published articles on the subject and on art history and life and work of plastic artists in newspapers, foundations, and universities.
Between 1987 and 1991, he was the Director of Culture and Social Communication of Paraná, and Culture Subsecretary of the Entre Ríos Province between 1991 and 1993. He was a Delegate of the National Fund for the Arts since 1994. He was a juror in different showrooms in and out of the province, representing official and private institutions. He collaborated as an adviser for the Mariano Moreno Association. He had exhibitions of illustration and glazed ceramics. His work can be seen in private and official collections, at a provincial, national, and international level. Asiain passed away in 2018.


Artist: Federico Lanzi
Collection: Artist’s own collection
Located in: Buenos Aires
Technique: Painting, acrylic on canvas

Artist biography:
He went to the Torcuato Di Tella University in 2011 and holds a B. of Arts from the Entre Ríos Autonomous University. Ha has been awarded scholarships from the Antorchas Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded a scholarship by de C.C. Rojas for a visual arts clinic and attended Maria de Caro’s workshop in the same year. Between 2006 and 2009, he participated in Diana Aisenberg’s work clinics, as well as Ernesto Ballesteros’s. Also in 2009, he received a work scholarship from the BERSA Bank. He has participated in collective shows in Argentina and abroad. Among his solo shows are “Machete”, Mexico City, 2016; “Fuera de foco”, MCHG, Buenos Aires, 2014; “Calor”, Emma Thomas Gallery, São Paulo, 2012; and “Paladar Océano”, C.C Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2010. Lanzi’s work can be found in private and public collections in Argentina and abroad, among them the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, and the Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires.


Artist: Julia Acosta
Collection: Artist’s own collection
Located in: Entre Ríos
Technique: Illustration and textiles

Artist biography:
Acosta was born in Río Cuarto, Córdoba, in 1971. She is a visual artist, curator, and visual arts professor at the Fine Arts Superior Institute of Paraná. She has participated in collective and solo shows. In 2018, she obtained the First Prize in the illustration discipline at the 55th Plastic Artists Annual Showcase of Entre Ríos. Acosta was awarded education and production scholarships by the National Arts Fund and the BERSA Banco Nuevo Foundation. She participated in seminars for reflection on contemporary arts and workshops for production and follow-up of artistic projects by the Antorchas Foundation (Corrientes, Resistencia) Sparring Tour (Paraná), and Programa Doméstico (Paraná).


Artist: Lucas Mercado
Collection: Artist’s own collection
Located in: Entre Ríos
Technique: illustration on paper

Artist biography:
He was born in Paraná in 1980. He’s a visual artist, muralist, independent producer, and a professor at the Visual Arts School of Paraná. He has participated in individual and collective showcases in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Rosario, Santa Fe, and Tucumán. He was given a scholarship by the Antorchas Foundation and the Nuevo Banco of Entre Ríos Foundation. Mercado held an artistic residency in 2013 at the Dot Fiftyone Gallery in Miami, USA. He is the author of the poetry plaque Río Colorado (Iván Rosado, Rosario, 2011) and El Caudal (Parientes Publisher, Paraná, 2015). He’s a collaborator with the Entre Ríos magazine, Jirafas. Mercado is part of the Parientes group and, along with Julia Acosta, directs Parientes Publishing and a fanzine. He’s also a part of the anthology Informe. Historieta Argentina del Siglo XXI (EMR, Rosario, 2015).


Artist: Gloria Montoya
Collection: Artist’s own collection
Located in: Entre Ríos

Artist biography:
Gloria Montoya was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, on April 20th, 1935. She studied painting since 1950, first privately with Ms Leonor de Reeves and then with Mario Gargatagli at the Plastic Arts School of Paraná, between 1952 and 1953. In 1954, she started going to the Ernesto de la Cárcova National Fine Arts School and studied with Adolfo de Ferraris. She also attended the M.E.B.A and Vicente de Forte workshops, and studied philosophy at the UBA. In 1958, Montoya went back to Paraná and started teaching at the School of Arts while César Fernández Navarro and Roberto López Carnelli directed it. She attended seminars by Rubén Naranjo (Color Theory) and Oscar Herrero Miranda (Spatial and Plastic Composition) at the Plastic Arts School, between 1959 and 1961. The Entre Ríos government gave her a scholarship in 1960, with which she traveled to Europe along with Mario Gargatagli, Gerardo “Tati” Zapata, and Roberto “Cachete” González. In 1961, she founded the 633 Group with Gerardo Zapata and Felipe Aldama, which Carlos Asiain eventually joined. Montoya set up her studio at her family home, on Rivadavia Street. She took courses on Modern Philosophy at the FCE Institute. In 1969, she attended the seminar on Audiovisual Methods and Techniques and a course on “Educational Conduction” in 1972. In 1974, she finished her Philosophy studies at the Philosophy and Literature School of the UNR. Montoya was the Vice-principal of the Visual Arts Provincial School from 1959 and 1977. She was then Interim Director from 1977 to 1978. She has imparted courses, seminars, conferences, and talks.